Early leader holds on in Augusta Futurity

Lisa Taylor, on Torino Ichi, won the $100,000 Amateur for 5/6 Year-Olds with a score of 218.



Lisa Taylor watched, waited and never worried.

After opening the finals of the $100,000 Amateur for 5/6-Year-Olds competition with a quality run aboard Torino Ichi, Taylor didn’t mind where she finished.

“I was pleased with my score,” she said. “I did my job. Everybody else had to go do their job. All you can do is be happy with your horse and whatever happens happens.”

Taylor and Torino Ichi watched their score of 218 survive the final 12 horses for a one-point victory at James Brown Arena. The pair received a check for $2,142.

Steve Marcello and Playboys Little Star marked 217 for $1,980, tying Chisolm Clark and Jesse Woodson James for second. Jimmy Holloway and WM Fat Cat placed fourth (216, $1,600).

Taylor, of Aubrey, Texas, and her horse rebounded after making the finals on the cut line at 212.

“We just weren’t having a good day yet,” she said. “We just had to go back and practice and be serious. He wasn’t serious and I wasn’t serious and we squeaked in there.”

Taylor bought Torino Ichi, a 6-year-old gelding by Cat Ichi out of A Peppys Melody, four years ago. Though she credits trainer Ed Dufurrena with the horse’s success, cutting ability wasn’t the main asset when she bought the horse.

“I just thought he was a beautiful,” she said. “He just has a pretty face and a big hip. His eye was so pretty.”



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